Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.
Welcome to this week’s show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1970 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event: March 11th 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills & Nash, Peggy Lee win
The Carpenters – They Long to Be) Close to You
(They Long to Be) Close to You was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song topped both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, staying at number one for four weeks, earning The Carpenters a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. It also reached the top of the Canadian and Australian charts, and peaked at number six on the charts of both the UK and Ireland.
News Event: March 21st 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing “All Kinds of Everything” in Amsterdam
The Jackson Five – I’ll Be There
“I’ll Be There” was The Jackson Five’s fourth number-one hit in a row, making them the first group to have their first four singles reach number one. The song held the number-one position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for five weeks and was the most successful single ever released by the Jackson Five, selling over 4.2 million copies in the United States, and 6.1 million copies worldwide.
News Event: April 10th Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles
Now time for my first top chart picks from 1970 and it seems like only yesterday that I was dancing at my local club to the music including one of my all time favourites.
Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows
“Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” is a popular song by Edison Lighthouse, originally recorded by Jefferson. The song was written by Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason.
The single reached the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending on 31 January 1970, where it remained for a total of five weeks It also became the first number one single of the 1970s.
News Event: June 9th Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University
Brotherhood of Man – United We Stand
“United We Stand” is a song written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simons (aka group member Johnny Goodison). It was first released in 1970 by The Brotherhood of Man (in their original, pre-Eurovision line-up), becoming the band’s first hit, peaking at #13 in the U.S., #9 in Canada, and #10 in the U.K. The song spent 15 weeks on the charts, and is ranked as the 64th biggest U.S. hit of 1970. It also reached #8 in Australia. Smurfstools Oldies Music Time Machine
Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.
She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.
Next week 1970 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.